Friday, December 27, 2019
The New York Knicks are currently on a three-game losing streak, trying to avoid a fourth consecutive loss as they battle the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center tonight. The Knicks are recovering from a 121-115 loss against the Washington Wizards. As for the Nets, they are coming off of a 122-112 victory they took against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday.
Tonight’s matchup will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will face each other this season. The last time they met up was on November 24 when the Nets crawled away with a 103-101 win. During that game, Spencer Dinwiddie scored 30 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, and dished off 4 assists while Marcus Morris had 26 points, 4 rebounds, and one steal.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Nets and the Knicks have battled each other a grand total of 207 times in the past as the Knicks won 104 games while the Nets took 103 victories.
New York Knicks:
-Reggie Bullock (cervical disc herniation)
-Wayne Ellington (Achilles; 4.3 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.9 APG, 32.1 FG%, 30.4 3P%)
-Allonzo Trier (coach’s decision; 7.6 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.4 APG, 53.1 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Dennis Smith (oblique; 5.2 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 2.7 APG, 32.5 FG%, 29.3 3P%)
-Ivan Rabb (G-League)
-Nicolas Claxton (hamstring; 3.0 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 1.2 APG, 52.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Kevin Durant (Achilles)
-Kyrie Irving (shoulder; 28.5 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 7.2 APG, 44.4 FG%, 34.1 3P%)
-Caris LeVert (thumb; 16.8 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 42.1 FG%, 36.1 3P%)
-David Nwaba (Achilles; 5.2 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 52.1 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
The Knicks would have the slight upper hand in the first half as they shot thirty-four percent from the field, limiting the home team to twenty-six percent. Julius Randle got hot for 20 points while drilling four three-pointers in the process. Marcus Morris came through with seven points on just thirty-three percent shooting.
Morris also had a three-pointer along with five rebounds while R.J. Barrett and Elfrid Payton combined for just five points. Former Chicago Bulls’ center Taj Gibson was held scoreless in the seven minutes that he played. Mitchell Robinson played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.
As for the Nets, Spencer Dinwiddie chalked up 14 points which included two three-pointers. He also had seven boards and two assists while Joe Harris contributed with eight points. Louisiana-native Garrett Temple had a three-pointer and a free-throw to give himself four points while Taurean Prince was kept to just a three-pointer. Wilson Chandler played 12 minutes off the bench but only had two points while the Knicks went into halftime with a 46-41 lead.
The Knicks ended up closing things out in the second half as they went on a 48-41 run, shooting forty-six percent. During that run, Morris added 15 points to his scoring total while Randle recorded 13 points, six rebounds, and one assist. Randle was able to hit a three-pointer in the process while Payton had 11 points. Damyean Dotson played 15 minutes off the bench but was held scoreless.
On the other end of the court, Dinwiddie dropped 11 more points, hitting a three-pointer in the process. Rodions Kurcus played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer as the Knicks handed the Nets a 94-82 loss. Julius Randle finished the game with 33 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists while Spencer Dinwiddie had 25 points, a season-high 8 rebounds, and 3 assists.
The New York Knicks will head to the Nation’s Capital to take on Bradley Beal (28.3 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 6.8 APG, 43.8 FG%, 32.4 3P%) and the Washington Wizards (9-20) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. This will be the second of four times that they see each other this season. The last time they met up was on December 23 when the Wizards came away with a surprising 121-115 win. Beal finished that game with 30 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks while Julius Randle had 35 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and one block.
The Brooklyn Nets will travel to Texas to battle James Harden (38.1 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 7.5 APG, 45.2 FG%, 37.2 3P%) and the Houston Rockets (21-10) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. This will mark the second and final time that these two clubs will play each other this season. November 1 was the last time they saw each other as the Nets escaped with a 123-116 victory. During that game, Taurean Prince scored 27 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, dished off one assist, committed a steal, and blocked a shot while Harden had 36 points, 5 rebounds, and 8 assists.